GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR FOX44 NEWS AT 5-30. I’M ADAM HOOPER. THEY’RE SMALL… THEY’RE NOISY…. AND IT SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE INVADING CENTRAL TEXAS. IT’S CRICKET SEASON… AND THIS YEAR SEEMS TO BE WORSE THEN PREVIOUS ONES. FOX44’S EMILY KAYE SPOKE TO A LOCAL EXPERT ON WHY THERE ARE SO MANY CRICKETS THIS YEAR AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO KEEP THEM OUT OF YOUR HOME. ADAM… EVERY YEAR AROUND THIS TIME WE SEE AN ABUNDANCE OF CRICKETS… BUT THIS YEAR SEEMS PARTICULARLY BAD AND THE PEST CONTROL EXPERT I SPOKE TO TODAY AGREES…. THE CRICKETS THIS YEAR ARE OUT OF CONTROL. “This is definitely one of the worst cricket years that i’ve seen. We just havent had a freeze in so long.” IT’S CRICKET SEASON IN CENTRAL TEXAS… AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IS EXPERIENCING THE SWARM. “They start the reproductive cycle whenever it’s 80 to 90 degrees. And of course it’s 80 to 90 degrees now.” A CRICKETS ENTIRE LIFECYCLE TAKES AROUND 2 MONTHS… AND THEY CAN REPRODUCE SEVERAL TIMES… MAKING THE CRICKET SITUATION EVEN WORSE. AND WHILE CRICKETS USUALLY PREFER TO STAY OUTSIDE… THEY DO OCCASIONALLY GET INTO HOMES AND BUSINESSES… “If you want to stop crickets from coming in your home some great things you can do are seal up weep holes in the bricks around the outside of your home. Every fifth or sixth brick has a weep hole and that is so the building can breath. They prevent mold and things of that nature, but it’s also a great entry way for crickets, spiders, ants, and pretty much every kind of bug out that there is.” IF THERE ARE CRICKETS IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME… THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO. “To get rid of them completely call a licesned professional. We have baits, we have sprays, we have all kinds of different options. One thing I would do is keep your home cleaned up. No leaves on the ground and no limbs or things laying around.” WOOTEN SAYS CRICKETS DON’T CAUSE HEALTH ISSUES LIKE COCKROACHES DO… BUT THEY CAN CREATE SOMETHING KIND OF GROSS. “They do cause an odor. Just because of the sheer number of them that are out there. Once they die they do stink unfortunatly. But cleaning them up and sweeping and throwing them away, its not fun, but it helps.” ONCE WE EXPEREINCE THE FIRST FREEZE HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS …. WHICH IS TYPICALLY NEAR THE END OF NOVEMEMBER… THE CRICKET PROBLEM SHOULD START TO DIE DOWN. IN WACO… EMILY KAYE… FOX 44 NEWS. FIRES DAMAGED AT LEAST ONE UNIT OF THE SADDLE BROOK APARTMENTS IN WACO EARLY THIS MORNING.